Scrabble is one of those games that – in my opinion – is still best played on the traditional board rather than in an app. I have tried a few Android Scrabble apps but found most had so many ads that it was a continual annoyance when playing or required you to log in with Facebook (which I personally can’t stand, but each to his own I guess!). If you have a favourite one though, do let us know in the comments – I’m prepared to try any you suggest.
Wordie, however, is just a Scrabble dictionary which is invaluable when the – inevitable – arguments start over a word. Just enter the word in dispute into Wordie and it either gives you a thumbs up or a thumbs down (well a tick or a cross actually, but you get what I mean). No argument, no need for heated debates (although I reckon some enjoy this part of the game the most…), just the definitive answer you need to decide whether the word can be played or not.
Wordie has five dictionaries to choose from, you just agree at the start of the game which one to use and there is really only the choice between the Tournament Word List for the US & Canada or the Collins 2012 Scrabble Words list for UK English speaking countries. The other dictionaries are more obscure, one even has computer jargon – now that is something to cause even more arguments!
The developers also have a paid app (Wordie Scrabble Adjudicator Tournament Edition) that offers word definitions when you are offline and multiple word challenges at once, but for most Scrabble players just the ‘yes/no’ answer is all they need when playing. The tournament edition is a 12M download too.
We have a rule when we play though, that we have to give a definition before we look up a word to try to avoid this kind of thing:
‘oh look up bobew will you?’
‘what’s a bobew?’
‘no idea but I’m SURE it’s a word!’
(it’s not a word by the way).
Again, Wordie can help if you have an internet connection. Just tap the Dictionary.com icon at the lower right after entering the word and it will give you the definition from this useful website. Sometimes of course, you just need to check one of those 2 letter words that you are stuck with at the end of every game and for this purpose, Wordie shines too. We usually are either past caring if the other player knows what the word means or have consumed a few too many wines and are past worrying!
Anyway, if you are mad scrabble fans and don’t have a dictionary handy just use this app. Let us know what you think in the comments too.
Price : FREE
Size : 3.6Mb
Needs : Android 2.2+